Check Vehicle Recalls Free

Enter your VIN to check for recalls that may affect your vehicle. If you do not have a VIN, click on the VEHICLE tab below to check for open recalls by the manufacturer.


What is a recall?

A car recall occurs when the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) determines that a car model has a safety-related defect or does not comply with a federal safety standard.

When this happens, the automaker will alert owners to the problem and usually offer a free repair.

There is an open recall, but I never received a  letter.

You may not receive a recall letter if owners were recently changed or moved and the dealer has your old address in the file. Print the recall letter online and visit the nearest dealer. They will still honor the recall. 

My car has a major problem. Is it a recall?

A recall occurs when a manufacturer or NHTSA (the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) determines a safety risk with a vehicle or the vehicle doesn't meet a minimum safety standard.

The keyword here is SAFETY. Unless it is a safety issue, the problem is not going to become a recall.

How do I look up a recall by a manufacturer or make, model and year?

Press the VEHICLE tab on the blue navigation above and enter your vehicle Year, Make, and Model.

Where is this data coming from?

The data on recalls comes directly from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a U.S. federal government agency, part of the Department of Transportation.